Anthony Joshua defended his IBF and WBA world heavyweight title in front of a record setting crowd in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua stopped Carlos Takam in the 10th round and now his future is wide open. Joshua has several super fights for 2018, but the following months will be nothing but a contest of predicting which heavyweight star will challenge the current unified world champion.
The WBC World Heavyweight title is on the line when Deontay Wilder fights Bermane Stiverne at the Barclays Center on November 4. The fight is a rematch from their 2015 encounter, when Wilder failed to knock out his opponent for the first time in his career. Wilder beat Stiverne the first time, but he no longer possesses a perfect knockout record and with his emotions running high, the intrigue of the fight is elevated despite the mismatch on paper.
The WBA and WBO held their annual conventions and each governing body made several big announcement regarding several world champions, the statuses of some world titles and a change that could forever change women’s boxing
All of this is covered and more on this edition of the Fightful Boxing Newsletter.
The Fightful Boxing Newsletter (11/2) Table Of Contents:
- Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam Review, Results (Page 2)
- Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne Preview (Page 3)
- WBA and WBO Convention Notes (Page 4)
- Results From The World Of Boxing (Page 5)
- Fightful Boxing Rankings (Page 6-7)
- Other News And Notes Around The World Of Boxing (Page 8)
- World Boxing Super Series First Round Review (Page 9)
Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam Review, Results
The boxing world was eagerly waiting to see how Anthony Joshua will fare in his first fight since beating Wladimir Klitschko in April. Joshua defended his unified IBF and WBA world heavyweight title against Carlos Takam, who came in as a sort-of last minute replacement.
After Kubrat Pulev pulled out of the fight with less than two weeks remaining before the fight due to injury, there was some who were worried that Takam being the replacement will stop fan interest from attending the fight. In the end, about 78,000 people attended the fight, proving the injury to Pulev had little to no effect.
On Showtime, the fight drew 334,000 viewers for the live telecast and more than 300,000 viewers for the replay. Joshua’s popularity in the United States still has plenty of room to grow and he needs to have a major fight soon before the momentum from his win over Klitschko fazes out.
Of course, I’m only talking about the United States. Joshua is a mega star in Europe and can virtually sell out any venue in the United Kingdom and most venues in Europe.
What we saw in the fight was Joshua dominating the fight somewhat, but he lacked the spark that he showed against Klitschko. It would be inaccurate to say that Joshua fought at Takam’s level because Takam was nowhere near beating Joshua, but something was missing in Joshua’s performance. Joshua knocked Takam down early in the fight, but didn’t do much to capitalize on that knockdown.
The real story of the fight was Takam’s tenacity and ability to hang with Joshua, even going as far as winning more than a few exchanges during the fight. It’s safe to say that Takam performed better than most people’s expectations.
The fight ended in the 10th round when the referee came in to stop the fight after Joshua landed a couple of decent power shots. The stoppage came in way too early and Takam wasn’t hurt, or at least seriously hurt. Takam was at least owed the opportunity to finish the fight. Takam would have lost decisively on the cards, but Takam would get that moral victory by going the distance against a man who has never gone the distance as a professional boxer, knocking every single opponent out of action.
So what is next for Joshua? There’s a number of different routes he can take. There’s the potential super fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder. That fight will probably happen sometime in 2018, but the chances of it being the next fight for both of those fighters are somewhat slim. Joshua technically still has to face Pulev as Pulev is the IBF’s mandatory challenger, so that fight could take place in early 2018.
Hearn also expressed interest in Joshua having a unification fight against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker before fighting Wilder. Parker recently defeated Hughie Fury, the WBO mandatory challenger, so that opens up the possibility of Parker taking an optional title defense until a new mandatory challenger is determined. A unification fight against Parker would be a tremendous fight to keep boosting Joshua’s profile and further build up hype for a Wilder fight.
But there are two other names that could come up as Joshua’s next opponent: Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury. Whyte already lost to Joshua in the past before, but U.K. boxing fans are still clamoring for a rematch and with Whyte winning the WBC Silver heavyweight title on the Cardiff undercard, a rematch might not actually happen anytime soon. With Whyte holding the Silver title, he’s likely to be second in line to be Wilder’s mandatory challenger after the winner of the Dominic Breazeale vs. Eric Molina title eliminator on November 4. There is interest in a rematch, but it’s not a high-priority fight, something that can be held off until at least late 2018.
The real wild card is going to be Tyson Fury. There is probably no bigger fight in the U.K. than a potential Joshua vs. Fury fight. Fury still has his boxing license suspended and does need to meet with the U.K. Anti-doping Agency, but with the latest news surrounding Fury’s drug case hearing, there seems to be a realistic chance that Fury could fight again in 2018.
Fury’s first fight back will likely not be against Joshua. In addition to serving out the rest of his indefinite suspension, Fury also has to deal with the fact that he is massively overweight and likely would not get approved to fight in his current state. The former unified heavyweight champion recently said he’s weighing in at more than 300 pounds. He would need to shave off a lot of weight before he is in ring shape again, but has stated that he can do that with little issue.
The rest of the undercard had the aforementioned Whyte defeating Robert Helenius in an extremely one-sided affair to win the WBC Silver title. Kal Yafai also cruised to a victory over mandatory challenger Sho Ishida, retaining his WBA junior bantamweight title in the process. Yafai’s next fight is uncertain, but a fight against former pound-for-pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez is a possibility. Chocolatito lost the WBC title earlier this year, but Yafai told Fightful that he would fight Chocolatito if he recaptured the WBC title.
Chocolatito failed in September, but with the rest of the division’s champions likely to have other fights they would need to fulfill, Yafai’s dreams of unifying titles will likely be put on hold in favor of a massive super flyweight title fight between Yafai and Chocolatito.
- Dillian Whyte defeats Robert Helenius via unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 118-110) to win the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight Title
- Kal Yafai defeats Sho Ishida via unanimous decision (118-110, 116-112, 116-112) to retain the WBA Junior Bantamweight Title Bout
- Katie Taylor defeats Anahi Esther Sanchez via PTS to win the WBA Women's Lightweight Title
- Frank Buglioni defeats Craig Richards via unanimous decision (117-111, 117-111, 116-113) to retain his British Light Heavyweight Title
Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne Preview
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is set to make his latest title defense on Showtime against Bermane Stiverne. The fight will headline a boxing card at the Barclays Center, the sixth boxing card to take place at the venue in 2017.
The fight is an interesting one, especially due to the fact that Stiverne was not Wilder’s original opponent to begin with. Wilder was supposed to fight Luis Ortiz, but he failed a VADA test with about a month before the fight was supposed to take place.
Wilder is facing Stiverne in a rematch from their 2015 bout, in which Wilder beat Stiverne to win the WBC title. Wilder’s run as champion has been marred by his numerous opponents failing drug tests with only weeks before the fight. His upcoming November 4 fight is just the latest example of that. It is in fact the third straight fight that Wilder has had in which his opponent had to be removed due to failed drug tests.
With the world heavyweight title on the line this weekend, here is the full preview of the fight.
Wilder vs. Stiverne Conference Call
On October 24, Wilder and Stiverne, alongside promoter Lou DiBella, held a media conference call to further discuss their upcoming WBC heavyweight title fight on November 4.
The conference call was originally going to have Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza, but his call dropped, likely due to him not have a good enough phone signal because he was in the U.K. for Showtime’s broadcast of the October 28 fight between Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam.
Wilder said he didn’t want any excuses coming from Stiverne should Wilder beat Stiverne. Wilder doubled down on his promise that he will beat Stiverne and avenge the fact that Stiverne is the only man that Wilder has never knocked out that Wilder promised he would retire if he loses.
“Ya’ll can quote me on this. Ya’ll can put this down to paper. You can put this at the top of the headlines because of the way I’ve been feeling about boxing right now. If Bermane Stiverne beats me, I will retire. You can put that down. I will be out of the way. Boxing doesn’t have to worry about me anymore because it hasn’t been doing me any good. All I wanted to do was prove that I am the best and the best doesn’t want to fight. What’s the point of me being in this sport? If Bermane beats me, you’ll never have to hear about me anymore. I’m done. It doesn’t get any more serious than that. Let the games begin,” Wilder said.
Wilder has expressed his frustrations with boxing’s issue with heavyweights failing drug tests in the aftermath of Ortiz’s situation and even admitted that he has thought about retiring in the past few weeks.
But Wilder isn’t the only one wary of Ortiz before his failed drug test. Stiverne admitted that he had a feeling he would fight Wilder and that Ortiz’s failed drug test was a possibility. When asked what he meant by this revelation, Stiverne summed it all up to a feeling he had.
"I can't really tell you why, but it was just something that I believed that was going to happen. Knowing Ortiz, I know Ortiz since 2004. So, he's always been who he is right now. So I don't know. I mean the first thought I had when I decided they were trying to have this fight going on and I finally made the decision to just move to the side and let them have the fight. And I guarantee you, this fight ain't gone happen. And that's exactly what happened. If I'm lying, my manager can tell you if I'm lying," Stiverne said.
But the conference call then moved on to Stiverne’s inability to even make his first fight against Deontay Wilder a competitive one. Stiverne was proud of the fact that Wilder couldn’t knock out Stiverne, even though Stiverne said he was very sick during the fight.
“The man couldn't knock me out. Nobody can knock me out. Nobody. It won't happen. It never happened, even though it says on my record, nobody knocked me out, ever. And that will not happen November 4, whether it's you or anybody else; anybody else. And right now, I don't even feel like I want to talk to anybody. I want you all to come and talk to me after the fight. That's what I want," Stiverne said.
Stiverne was passionate in his responses, but only talked about how Wilder couldn’t knock him out instead of talking up his chances of regaining the WBC title.
The conference call ended with DiBella lashing out at a reporter who asked a question about a comment made by Wilder during the conference call to ask a better question than that (luckily it wasn’t me whom DiBella lashed out at). This prompted DiBella to go on a tirade on the WBC for allowing someone like Stiverne to remain the mandatory challenger despite fighting only once since fighting Wilder.
"Someone made a comment about Bermane Stiverne said he ate his breakfast. I wish the same person would have asked a different question. How do you fight one fight in two years against a guy that knocked you down and subsequently gets knocked out, and barely do anything and you're still the WBC mandatory? That would have been a better question. But in the meantime, there's nothing we can do about it. November 4, I'm worried about the fight because Stiverne has got nothing to lose and Deontay has got everything to lose," DiBella said.
Narratives For Wilder vs. Stiverne
This is where the fight has a chance to excel in terms of capturing the casual audience’s attention. To take a narrative approach to this fight, there are multiple layers that actually make the fight very interesting to watch, at least on paper.
The promotion of the fight now revolves around Wilder’s inability to knock out Stiverne in their first encounter. Wilder is being billed as boxing’s top knockout artist and the only blemish on his record is not a loss but a lack of a knockout win against the former world champion. Wilder’s mental and emotional state is at its breaking point after another opponent failed a drug test.
On one side, Wilder is either setting himself up for a potential upset at the hands of Stiverne or Wilder gets his knockout and proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the best heavyweight boxer in the world, calling out Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker in the process.
But potential unification fights and the WBC title aren’t the only things on the line for Wilder. His career is on the line. Fed up with the constant drug issues boxing’s heavyweight division has suffered in the past couple of years, Wilder repeatedly promised that he will retire if he loses to Stiverne, raising the stakes even higher for Wilder.
Over on Stiverne’s side, his narrative deals with him being considered a joke of a mandatory challenger by both DiBella and Wilder due to his inactivity in the past couple of years and his performance against the current champion. Stiverne has alleged that he was ill during that fight and Wilder still couldn’t knock Stiverne out. But now Stiverne has to beat Wilder in order to remain relevant in an increasingly talented heavyweight division. Stiverne is 39 years old and a loss to Wilder pretty much closes the window on his time as a world title contender.
Tale of the tape:
Record: 38-0 (37 KO)
Titles Won: WBC Heavyweight, WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight
Notable Fights: Bermane Stiverne, Chris Arreola, Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka, Malik Scott
Record: 25-2-1 (21 KO)
Titles Won: WBC Heavyweight, WBC Silver Heavyweight, WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight, WBC International, WBC United States (USNBC) Heavyweight
Notable Fights: Deontay Wilder, Chris Arreola, Ray Austin
Full Card And Where To Watch
The main event, as well as the vacant IBF junior welterweight and WBC Silver welterweight title fights, will be broadcasted on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET. The card is littered with big names and the top two untelevised fights is a WBC heavyweight title eliminator between Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina as well as the Barclays Center return of female world champion Amanda Serrano.
Below is the full card, but the card has not been finalized yet and is subject to change.
- Deontay Wilder (c) vs. Bermane Stiverne: WBC Heavyweight Title Bout
- Shawn Porter vs. Adrian Granados: WBC Welterweight Title Eliminator/Vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Title Bout
- Sergey Lipinets vs. Akihiro Kondo: Vacant IBF Junior Welterweight Title Bout
- Dominic Breazeale vs. Eric Molina: WBC Heavyweight Title Eliminator
- Amanda Serrano vs. Marilyn Hernandez: Female Junior Lightweight Bout
- Seanie Monaghan vs. Evert Bravo: Light Heavyweight Bout
- Chris Colbert vs. Titus Williams: Featherweight Bout
- Iago Kiladze vs. Pedro Rodriguez: Heavyweight Bout
- Dylan Price vs. TBA: Junior Bantamweight Bout
- Keyshawn Williams vs. TBA: Lightweight Bout
- Lenroy Thomas vs. Mike Bissett: Heavyweight Bout
Prediction: For as much as I romanticized the fight’s narrative from both sides, the fight on paper is about as a big of mismatch as I can remember. The first fight between the two gave us absolutely zero indication that a rematch would provide a more competitive bout, much less open up the possibility of Stiverne winning.
In a way, this might as well end up being a tune-up fight for Wilder. With Joshua potentially having his hands full with a fight against Kubrat Pulev once he heals up, Wilder could either fight Dillian Whyte, Dominic Breazeale (if he wins his upcoming fight) or even Parker in a unification fight.
In the end, we will see an angry and highly motivated Wilder understanding that he needs to have a great performance to further build hype for the 2018 super fight against Joshua.
I predict Wilder will knock Stiverne out in seven rounds and given how I correctly predicted that Joshua would stop Carlos Takam in the 10th round, I feel pretty good with this prediction.
WBA and WBO Convention Notes
The World Boxing Association (WBA) Inaugural Ceremony for the 96th Annual Convention kicked off on October 30 in Colombia. The first day of the convention was filled with a full schedule that involved important tasks such as a meeting of the regions and rankings movements.
International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Lennon Jr. was announcing for the introduction of President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza who welcomed everyone to Medellin, Colombia.
Jimmy Lennon Jr. then introduced the WBA female champions to come on stage and receive recognition, as well as the Colombian WBA champions of the past. Ring champions and legends on hand were announced to receive recognition. This illustrious list included Chris Algieri, John Ruiz, Marcos Maidana, Ricardo Lopez, Roy Jones Jr, Juan Manuel Marquez, Roberto Duran, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, and Oscar De La Hoya.
The World Boxing Association (WBA) rankings meetings took place this October 30, on the afternoon part of the agenda. There were two separate sessions – one for promoters and managers to ply their cases for their fighters to be improved within their given weight class in the published top 15 WBA rankings and a second session for promoters, managers, and team members to again ply their case for a specific champion.
The first session saw everything from undefeated prospects to ex world champions from across the world having a case made for them on behalf of their teams. This session is more of a simple request that the WBA takes into consideration and then reports back to the requestor. All requests are accepted – it is simply a request.
The second session is where things can get a little more ugly and the uninitiated can see some things unfold that are rather curious. Requests turn to appeals which in turn can devolve into more legal formalities to form in the future if agreements cannot be made based off of rules and formalities. The WBA has rules that it abides by but as everyone knows things can turn very complicated in a hurry in this sport. Requests such as ranking switches to title fight demands and arguing past decisions are introduced in this manner.
The important takeaway from these meetings, in short, is that there is indeed a podium for the fighters to be heard from and it is strongly suggested that teams air their concerns to the directory committee to get everyone on the same page.
Mendoza announced that there will be a study to see if it’s a viable option, working with health officials to see if the increased ring time poses a health concern for female boxers.
The convention’s final night actually has a boxing card, headlined by the WBA Female bantamweight title fight between Maywelin Rivas and Dayana Cordero. On that six-fight card, the WBA Fedelatin welterweight, vacant WBA Fedebol super lightweight and WBA Fedebol lightweight titles will also be on the line.
One of the underlying topics of the convention was the organization getting a request by female boxers Hanna Gabriels and Jackie Nava about potentially moving the round times for female fights from two minutes to three minutes long, which is what the men have. The sport has experiemented with three-minute rounds in female fights and the general opinion of the female boxing community is that they want to have three-minute rounds because it helps them financially and gives them more opportunities to have better, more compelling matches.
The WBO convention, which ran from October 23-27, had boxers, promoters and organization officials go on a cruise throughout the Caribbean. Among the many topics discussed in the convention are the statuses of several world champions and the announcements of what the fate of the several vacant world titles will be in the coming months.
1. In a move that has literally surprised nobody, Terence Crawford has officially vacated his WBO junior welterweight title in order to become the mandatory challenger for the WBO welterweight title. The organization announced Crawford's intentions to move up in weight and challenge for the welterweight title, currently held by Jeff Horn.
Horn will defend his title against Gary Corcoran in December. The fight has been agreed to, but there is no official announcement as of yet. Horn won the title this summer when he scored an upset win over Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao and Horn were supposed to have a rematch in November but Pacquiao had to withdraw from the fight.
A fight between Crawford and Horn, assuming Horn successfully defends his title, would be a relatively easy process. Both men are represented by Top Rank, meaning the fight will likely be broadcasted on ESPN, who signed an exclusive broadcasting deal with Top Rank.
As the mandatory challenger to the title, Crawford is automatically next in line to challenge for the fight, regardless of the winner. Per WBO rules, a champion in one weight class can challenge for the world title in the next weight class provided he vacates the title and asks for the mandatory challenger position in the higher weight class.
2. Crawford's announcement that he'll vacate the WBO junior welterweight title has caused another WBO world champion to vacate his title and challenge for Crawford's now vacant title.
Terry Flanagan vacated his WBO lightweight title to move up in weight and challenge for the junior welterweight title. As a result, the WBO announced during its annual convention that Flanagan is now the mandatory challenger for the 140-pound title. Flanagan likely will be ordered to face Maurice Hooker for the vacant junior welterweight title. Hooker is the WBO-NABO junior welterweight champion and ranked No. 1 in the WBO's official rankings.
As for who could potentially fight for the vacant lightweight title, the WBO plans to order Raymundo Beltran to face former lightweight titleholder Paulus Moses for the lightweight belt vacated by Flanagan.
The move comes as a surprise, as Flanagan was in talks with lightweight champion Jorge Linares in a unification. Flanagan had also been trying to get a fight with longtime mandatory challenger Felix Verdejo, but injuries to both sides has derailed that fight numerous times.
3. WBO super bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno has reported an injury and his bout against Cesar Juarez has been postponed. The fight was supposed to headline a November ESPN card, but Top Rank officials decided to move forward with the fight and the new main event will be Enrico Koelling vs. Artur Beterbiev, with the vacant IBF light heavyweight title on the line.
In light of Magdaleno’s injury, an interim title bout between Juarez and Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe has been approved. Juarez is the No. 1 ranked boxer in the WBO's official super bantamweight rankings and Dogboe, the WBO International champion, is ranked No. 3.
4. A rematch has been ordered between WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez and Jesse Hart. Ramirez won a September meeting between the two but Hart filed a complaint pertaining to the hand wraps and a rematch was ordered. The fight headlined an ESPN card, ending with Ramirez winning an extremely close decision. Hart was knocked down in the fourth round, and the fight could have ended in a majority draw had it not been for the knockdown.
Ramirez has held the WBO title since April 2016 when he beat Arthur Abraham. Ramirez has defended the title twice, even competing on a Top Rank-produced pay-per-view last year.
5. WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker just wrapped up his feud against Hughie Fury by defeating Fury via majority decision. There were some in the boxing community that wanted a rematch because Fury was competitive enough to warrant one, but a rematch will not take place for a good while. The WBO announced that Parker will face the winner of Alexander Povetkin vs. Christian Hammer.
That fight will take place on December 15 in Russia. This fight essentially ends Povetkin's world title banishment after both the WBO and WBA announced that Povetkin is now eligible to challenge for their belts and has won the WBO International and WBA Continental light heavyweight titles earlier this year.
Should Povetkin defeat Hammer, don't expect Parker vs. Povetkin to take place in early 2018. Parker will likely be entitled to one or two non-mandatory defenses and will likely try and get a big fight against either Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. Povetkin's camp will also want to want to try and get the fight to take place in Russia, something that Parker's team would not be completely against, but the negotiation process will be interesting to follow.
When Povetkin isn't on performance enhancing drugs, he's probably one of the 15 best heavyweight boxers in the world and would provide the biggest challenge to Parker to date.
6. The WBO light heavyweight title vacated by Andre Ward will be disputed between Sergey Kovalev and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. This isn't a huge shock, given how Kovalev is arguably the best light heavyweight boxer that is not retired and both Kovalev and Shabranskyy are ranked in the top 15 in the WBO's official rankings. That fight will headline a Madison Square Garden show on HBO on November 25.
The WBO title was vacated last month by Ward, as well as the WBA and IBF titles. Kovalev held all three of those titles before losing them to Ward last year in the first of two fights the two boxers had. Kovalev won the WBO title, his first world title, when he knocked out Nathan Cleverly in 2013.
Despite the two losses, Kovalev is still ranked No. 2 in the WBO's official rankings while Shabranskyy is at No. 10, the highest ranking Shabranskyy has between all four major boxing organizations. Shabranskyy won the WBC United States (USNBC) light heavyweight title in his last fight when he beat Todd Unthank May in August.
As for the location of the 2018 convention, next year's WBO convention will be held in Costa Rica. The location was approved by the WBO executive committee during the final day of the convention. Puerto Rico, ravaged by two powerful hurricanes just last month, was made as a backup if Caribbean island would be able to recover in time. The WBO's offices are in San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital, but after the island was ravaged by hurricanes Irene and Maria in the span of a couple of weeks, the organization set up a temporary office in Orlando, Florida.
Abraham Mitra, the Philippines' Games and Amusement Board chairman, offered to host the 2019 convention in the Philippines. WBO president Francisco 'Paco' Valcarcel told Mitra to prepare a presentation for next year's convention as hosting the convention in the Philippines requires great logistics and most of the participants will be coming from the United States, South America and Europe.
Results From The World Of Boxing
November 1: Stedelijke Sporthalle, Izegem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
- Bibi Ondoua defeated Innocent Anyanwu via UD
- Matingu Kindele defeated Karen Yengoyan via UD
- Meriton Karaxha defeated Najim Fennane: TKO, Round 1
- Jamal Eddine Mahouti defeated Romani Hassan Mohamed via UD
- Rafik Harutjunjan defeated Elvin Perez: KO, Round 1
- Enes Refik Ciftci defeated Hovhannes Kishmiryan via UD
October 29: Retro Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
- Ondrej Budera defeated Jan Malach: TKO, Round 4
- Jakub Dittrich defeated Tomas Mrazek via MD
- Vladimir Riha defeated Bohuslav Jano: KO, Round 1
- Vojtech Koncitik defeated Jan Sendrei: TKO, Round 3
- Jorge Luis Garbey defeated Lukas Skirca: TKO, Round 1
- Nikola Manasijevic defeated Roman Horvath: RTD, Round 1
- Matus Juracek defeated Ivo Zednicek via UD
October 29: Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines
- Danrick Sumabong defeated Ronnie Sunido: KO, Round 1
October 29: Manyara Hall, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
- Baina Mazola defeated Charles Masali via UD
- Ajibu Salum defeated Haji Kizinga: TKO, Round 2
- Ramadhan Pido defeated Oscar Richard via MD
- Mustafa Doto defeated Anthony Njau via UD
- Hashim Chisola defeated Bakari Mohamed via MD
- Selemani Bangaiza defeated Issa Ming'wabi: KO, Round 3
- John Kalaula defeated Ibrahim Pazi via UD
- Hussein Itaba defeated Salmin Ali: KO, Round 1
- Issa Mbwana defeated Ruben Johnson via UD
- Muhsin Hashim defeated Ayubu Mohamed via UD
October 28: Club Union Central, Villa Maria, Cordoba, Argentina
- Laura Soledad Griffa defeated Edith Soledad Matthysse to retain the South American Female Super Bantamweight Title via UD
- Emiliano Dominguez Rodriguez defeated Carlos Alberto Rivas: KO, Round 1
- Juan Manuel Taborda defeated Matias Gabriel Paniagua: KO, Round 1
- Jose Acevedo defeated Diego Saul Gonzalez: TKO, Round 2
- Oscar Nahuel Retamoso defeated Jorge Enrique Arce via MD
- Joaquin Alejandro Avalos defeated Leonardo Enrique Ortega via UD
October 28: Club Social y Deportivo Resplandor, Villa Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Danila Ramos defeated Johana Belen Gimenez via MD
October 28: Club Social y Deportivo Defensores de Guiñazú, Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina
- Gabriel Alejandro Funes defeated Jorge Samuel Fredes via SD
October 28: Wests City Club, Newcastle West, New South Wales, Australia
- Blake Minto defeated Roy Tua Manihuruk to retain the World Boxing Foundation International Super Lightweight Title via UD
- Eddie Dos Santos defeated Michael Upton to win the vacant Australia - New South Wales State Welterweight Title via UD
- Kyron Dryden defeated Shiva: TKO, Round 3
- Manyang Dut defeated Ray Ingram via UD
- Warren Tresidder and Robbie Porter fight to a majority draw
October 28: Leisure Centre, Noosa, Queensland, Australia
- Jackson King defeated Dylan Smith: TKO, Round 1
October 28: Zedelgem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
- Erik Nazaryan defeated Mikheil Khutsishvili: TKO, Round 6
- Alexandros Kartozia and Irakli Gvenetadze fight to a no decision, Round 4
October 28: Hoegaarden, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium
- Jill Serron defeated Dendi Fleis: TKO, Round 4
October 28: Salle du Bois de Mont, Jemeppe sur Meuse, Liege, Belgium
- Frederic Sinistra defeated Giorgi Urjumelashvili: RTD, Round 3
October 28: Pabellon Expocruz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
- Andy Almendras defeated Martin Severo via UD
- Walter Roca defeated Ruben Caceres: TKO, Round 3
October 28: Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
- Kevin Higson defeated Phil Rose to retain the WBA-NABA Canada Super Welterweight Title via UD
- Steven Wilcox defeated Cristian Arrazola via UD
- Jessie Wilcox defeated Uriel Hernandez via UD
- Kane Heron defeated Juan Manuel Mares: KO, Round 5
- Bradley Wilcox defeated Aurelio Hernandez via UD
- Dylan Rushton and Gerson Escobar fight to a majority draw
- Jessica Camara defeated Erika Hernandez via UD
- Paul Ispas defeated Ricardo Burgos via MD
October 28: CentreExpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec, Canada
- Jordan Balmir defeated Daniel Przewieslik: TKO, Round 6
- Whitney Baille defeated Dave Leblond via MD
- Tommy Houle defeated Lukasz Kuc via UD
- Michael Cyr defeated Christian Villela via UD
- Francois Pratte Bernard defeated Gerardo Sanchez via UD
October 28: Casino Caribe, Medellin, Colombia
- Juan Huertas and Jeremy Triana fight to a majority draw: WBC Latino Lightweight Title Bout
- Alexis Diaz defeated Luis de la Rosa: TKO, Round 2
October 28: Institución Educativa Simón Bolívar, Planeta Rica, Colombia
- Jose Antonio Jimenez defeated Gustavo Agamez: TKO, Round 2
- Orlando de Jesus Estrada defeated Carlos Leal: TKO, Round 1
- Argel Berrio defeated Nelson Galvan: KO, Round 2
- Aristides Perez defeated Alex Barrios: RTD, Round 4
- Jonathan Burgos defeated Miguel Urdaneta via UD
- Humberto Martinez defeated Wilman Contreras: KO, Round 5
October 28: Frederiksberg Hallerne, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Lolenga Mock defeated Roman Shkarupa via UD
- Ditlev Rossing defeated Valery Brudov via SD
- Jeppe Morell defeated Maurice Possiti via UD
- Enock Poulsen defeated Michal Dufek via UD
- Jonas Madsen defeated Giorgi Beroshvili via UD
- Sarah Mahfoud defeated Gabriella Mezei via UD
- Pierre Madsen defeated Krisztian Laska: TKO, Round 1
- Soso Abuladze defeated Tobais Soerig via UD
- Oliver Meng defeated Iriome Penate via UD
October 28: Salle Polyvalente de Mon Idee, Auvillers-les-Forges, Ardennes, France
- Justine Lallemand defeated Anne Sophie Da Costa to win the World Boxing Federation Female Light Flyweight Title via UD
- Laid Ait Chaouche defeated Mustapha Hamiche: TKO, Round 5
- Bruno Surace defeated Dzianis Yahoranka via UD
- Cedric Pate defeated Andrei Hramyka: TKO, Round 4
- Jordan Neveux defeated Mifodzi Pilipenak: TKO, Round 3
October 28: Casino, Trouville, Calvados, France
- Romain Nemery defeated Karim Aliliche to win the French Welterweight Title via UD
- Licia Boudersa and Taoussy L'Hadji fight to a draw on PTS
- Jamie Bidwell defeated Izrail Kholoukhoev via UD
- Ismael Francois Milad defeated Vincent Galazzo via PTS
October 28: Salle Serge Mesones, Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
- Jean Moraiti defeated Michael Dehamnia via PTS
October 28: Nouveau Cap, Aulnay-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
- Yahya Tlaouziti defeated Mohamed Larabi: TKO, Round 4
October 28: Gymnase du COSEC, Forbach, Moselle, France
- Yassine Khedim defeated Sadek Sabki via UD
- Haik Sedrakyan defeated Mevludin Sulejmani via PTS
October 28: Salle de spectacle, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France
- Batoura Guirassy defeated Samir Slah via PTS
October 28: Complexe sportif du Ranquet, marvejols, Lozere, France
- Gadzhimurad Ibragimov defeated Sekou Kone: TKO, Round 4
October 28: Salle Omnisports, Niort, Deux-Sèvres, France
- Pierre Morange and Romain Couture fight to a draw on PTS
October 28: Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
- Nenad Pagonis defeated Bjoern Blaschke: TKO, Round 5
October 28: "A TEREM" Fight Hall, Budapest, Hungary
- Zsigmond Vass defeated Mihaly Donath to retain the interim Hungary Super Lightweight Title: TKO, Round 3
- Ferenc Albert defeated Gergely Horvath to win the vacant Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) European Light Heavyweight Title: TKO, Round 2
- Laszlo Penzes defeated Imre Vigh: TKO, Round 1
- Peter Kramer defeated Andras Varga: TKO, Round 2
October 28: Star Boxing Club, Pocheon, South Korea
- Min Jang defeated Hak Sun Choi via UD
- Young Chan Kim defeated Joon Ho Byun via MD
- Eun Bit Hwang defeated Se Eun Park via UD
- Min Young Jung and Suk Yoon fight to a majority draw
- Sang Rok Shim defeated Tae Won Choi: TKO, Round 4
- Corey Gulley defeated Tae Wan Choi via UD
- Woo Seung Kim defeated Ho Joon Lee via MD
October 28: Macau East Asian Games Dome, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China
- Zong Ju Cai defeated Gretchen Abaniel to retain the IBF World Female Minimumweight Title via UD
- Jun Zhao defeated Piched Chianawa: TKO, Round 3
- Alexander Kotov defeated Raymond Yanong: RTD, Round 4
- Zafar Parpiev defeated Melmark Dignos via SD
October 28: Palais des Sports du Lamentin, Le Lamentin, Martinique
- Jean Jacques Olivier defeated Attila Palko: TKO, Round 2
October 28: Salon Emperador, Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico
- Luis Alberto Vazquez defeated Luis Brito to win the vacant Mexico Flyweight Title: TKO, Round 6
October 28: Domo Sindicato de Trabajadores IMSS, Tlalpan, Distrito Federal, Mexico
- Moises Fuentes defeated Ulises Lara:KO, Round 1
- Emanuel Navarrete defeated Danny Flores: TKO, Round 2
- Silvia Torres defeated Edith de Jesus Flores: TKO, Round 2
October 28: Dep-Ed Gymnasium, Lagawe, Ifugao, Philippines
- Carl Jammes Martin defeated Vincent Bautista to win the interim Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Bantamweight Title: RTD, Round 5
- Bienvenido Ligas defeated Ariel Bolante: TKO, Round 2
- Rhoy Nagulman defeated Jayar Domingo via TKO
- John Hasim Magagmoc defeated Louie Kent Padilla via UD
- Rolando Plaza defeated Joshua Philip Tuguinay via PTS
October 28: Parque Desportivo Carlos Queiroz, Carnaxide, Portugal
- Juan Hinostroza defeated Pedro Matos: TKO, Round 7
- Rui Manuel Pavanito defeated Ilia Chikovani: TKO, Round 2
- Ricardo Fernandes defeated Antonio Pedro Quiganga to win the vacant Portugal Light Heavyweight Title: TKO, Round 1
- Goncalo Pimenta defeated Jesus Moreno via PTS
October 28: DTV "Partizan", Becej, Serbia
- Milan Delic defeated Nemanja Velicki via PTS
- Aleksandar Naumovski and Dimitrije Djordjevic fight to a draw on PTS
- Bojan Radovic defeated Milos Jankovic via PTS
- Damjan Grmusa defeated Bojan Veljkovic: TKO, Round 2
- Djordje Markovic defeated Srecko Janjic via PTS
- Marina Djekic defeated Kristina Svarc via PTS
- Nenad Kasas defeated Marko Vukovic: TKO, Round 3
- Zeljko Kovacevic defeated Dejan Milisavljevic: KO, Round 1
- Ksenija Medic and Ana Nikolic fight to a draw on PTS
- Goran Sucevic defeated David Vastag: TKO, Round 1
October 28: Memorial Centre, Kagiso, Gauteng, South Africa
- Thato Bonokoane defeated Luthando Mbumbulwana via UD
- Mpho Seforo defeated Thabang Ramagole via PTS
- Fernando Rodrigues defeated Wynand Mulder: TKO, Round 8
- Augustin Matata defeated Xolani Mvubu: TKO, Round 6
- Valentino Mutunda defeated Alex Thobela: TKO, Round 3
- Frank Rodrigues defeated Antonello Maree: TKO, Round 2
October 28: Polideportivo San Francisco de Asís, Torremolinos, Andalucía, Spain
- Morgan Dessaux defeated Alvaro Terrero: TKO, Round 3
- Abdelaziz Zdite defeated Sergio Abad: TKO, Round 2
October 28: Pabellón Los Salesianos, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain
- Jonathan Valero defeated Lorenzo Parra via PTS
- Ezequiel Gurria defeated Mamadou Goita via PTS
October 28: Duveholmshallen, Katrineholm, Sweden
- Lenka Kardova defeated Angelique Hernandez
- Leon Chartoi defeated Goga Kevlishvili: KO, Round 3
- Simon Engstrom defeated Stanislav Eschner via UD
- Laziz Sharifov defeated Tomasz Goluch via UD
- Camilo Palacio and Artur Giers fight to a draw on PTS
- Ahmed Rossi defeated Benjamin Skender: TKO, Round 1
- Sami Jangirov defeated Elvis Smajlovic via UD
October 28: Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
- Khalid Yafai defeated Sho Ishida to retain the WBA World Super Flyweight Title via UD
- Anthony Joshua defeated Carlos Takam to retain the IBF, International Boxing Organization and WBA Super World Heavyweight Title: TKO, Round 10
- Dillian Whyte defeated Robert Helenius to win the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight Title via UD
- Frank Buglioni defeated Craig Richards to retain the BBBofC British Light Heavyweight Title via UD
- Katie Taylor defeated Anahi Esther Sanchez to win the vacant WBA World Female Lightweight Title via UD
- Joshua Buatsi defeated Saidou Sall via PTS
- Lawrence Okolie defeated Adam Williams: TKO, Round 3
- Joe Cordina defeated Lesther Cantillano via PTS
October 28: Holte Suite, Villa Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
- Charlie Williams defeated Nathan Kirk to win the vacant BBBofC Midlands Area Lightweight Title: KO, Round 8
- Ray Moylette defeated Luka Leskovic via PTS
- Carl Dickens defeated Sean Gorman via PTS
- Tony Jones defeated Michael Mooney via PTS
- David Seymour defeated Edward Bjorklund via PTS
- Shaun Cooper defeated David Zubrzycki via PTS
October 28: Oldham Leisure Centre, Oldham, Lancashire, United Kingdom
- Charlie Schofield defeated Chris Nixon via PTS
- Jake Bulger defeated Jamie Quinn via PTS
- Dale Coyne defeated Darryl Sharp via PTS
- Kieran Jones defeated Luke Fash via PTS
- Dylan Evans defeated Joe Beeden via PTS
- Joe Eko defeated Youssef Al Hamidi via PTS
- Ely Murphy defeated MJ Hall via PTS
- Kane Gardner defeated Kristian Laight via PTS
- Mohammed Rashad defeated Liam Richards via PTS
October 28: Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom
- Paul Kean defeated Victor Edagha via PTS
- Marc Kerr defeated Jordan Grannum via PTS
- Calvin McCord defeated Naheem Chaudhry via PTS
- Stefan Sanderson defeated Jan Balog via PTS
- Jordan McCorry defeated Rafael Castillo: TKO, Round 2
October 28: Majestic Valley Arena, Kalispell, Montana, USA
- Patrick Ferguson defeated Damon Reed to win the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) Cruiserweight Title: TKO, Round 4
- Jesse Uhde defeated Jacob Ruffin via UD
- Kenny Guzman defeated Gabriel Braxton via UD
- Tavorus Teague defeated Sean Quinnett: TKO, Round 2
- Jaime Miranda defeated Dennis Creason: TKO, Round 2
October 28: Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
- Matt Remillard defeated Yardley Armenta Cruz: TKO, Round 4
- Shelly Vincent defeated Calixta Silgado via UD
- Steve Rolls defeated Andrik Saralegui: TKO, Round 3
- Mykquan Williams defeated Somner Martin: TKO, Round 1
- Nicklaus Flaz defeated Elie Augustama via UD
- Khiry Todd defeated Evincii Dixon via UD
- Hurshidbek Normatov defeated Bruce Lutchmedial: TKO, Round 1
- Nicky DeQuattro defeated Andre Belcarris via UD
October 28: Green River Center, Auburn, Washington, USA
- Marquice Weston defeated Steven Lyons via UD
- Steve Villalobos defeated Cory Vom Baur: TKO, Round 1
- Kevin Torres defeated Kevin Davila via MD
- Nicholas Jefferson defeated Ramel Snegur: TKO, Round 3
- John Peak defeated Carlos Villanueva via UD
- Justin Milani defeated Kevin Roberson: TKO, Round 1
- Richard VanSiclen defeated Alex Cazac via UD
- Cris Reyes defeated Jonathan Arias via UD
- Marcos Flores defeated Sebastian Baltazar via MD
October 28: DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
- Edwin Soto defeated Anthony Everett via UD
- Richard Rivera defeated Hansen Castillo: TKO, Round 1
- Gabriel Gonzaga defeated Alejandro Esquilin Santiago via MD
- Elvis Figueroa defeated Rene Nazare via UD
- Wilfredo Pagan defeated Patrick Leal: TKO, Round 1
- Omar Bordoy defeated Bryan Abraham: TKO, Round 4
October 27: MTelus, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Steve Claggett defeated Yves Ulysse Jr. to win the vacant IBF North American Super Lightweight Title via SD
- Simon Kean defeated Randy Johnson: KO, Round 2
- Steven Butler defeated Silverio Ortiz: TKO, Round 8
- Batyrzhan Jukembayev defeated Jose Emilio Perea: KO, Round 1
- David Theroux defeated Junjesie Ibgos: TKO, Round 3
- Mathieu Germain defeated Ricardo Lara: RTD, Round 4
- Clovis Drolet defeated Adrian Haro Campos via UD
- Andranik Grigoryan defeated Giovani Martinez via UD
- Nurzat Sabirov defeated Mario Baeza: KO, Round 2
- Vincent Thibault defeated Cesar Ugarte: TKO, Round 3
- Artur Ziyatdinov defeated Manuel Guzman: KO, Round 1
October 27: Gimnasio Olímpico, Maipú, Chile
- Cristian Salas defeated Ricardo Ariel Obredor to retain the interim WBC Latino Welterweight Title via UD
October 27: Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
- Juergen Braehmer defeated Rob Brant to advance in the World Boxing Super Series Super Middleweight Semifinals
- Vincent Feigenbutz defeated Gaston Alejandro Vega to retain the IBF Intercontinental Super Middleweight Title: KO, Round 11
- Ronny Mittag defeated Abdul Khattab fight to a draw on PTS
- Dina Thorslund defeated Nevenka Mikulic via UD
- Angelo Frank defeated Jemal Shalamberidze: RTD, Round 6
- Micki Nielsen defeated Taras Oleksiyenko: KO, Round 7
- Filip Hrgovic defeated Pavel Sour: KO, Round 1
- Artur Mann defeated Isossa Mondo via UD
- Kem Ljungquist defeated Revaz Karelishvili: TKO, Round 3
- Oliver Flodin defeated Pavel Hryshkavets via PTS
October 27: School "Satta", Villacidro, Sardegna, Italy
- Alessandro Goddi defeated Peter Orlik: TKO, Round 5
October 27: Macau East Asian Games Dome, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China
- Fanlong Meng defeated Emmanuel Danso via UD
- John Mark Aleman defeated Yinhuan Su: KO, Round 6
- Madiyar Zhanuzak defeated Suphakit Khampha: KO, Round 2
- Jutamas Jitpong defeated Gretel de Paz via PTS
- Olga Gurova defeated Chunyan Xu via UD
October 27: Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
- Antonio Moran defeated Salvador Briseno to retain the WBO Latino Lightweight Title via KO, Round 2
- Jerson Aguilar defeated Gabriel Perea: KO, Round 8
October 27: Gimnasio del Parque Ecológico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
- Jose Armando Valdes defeated Jonathan Lecona Ramos via UD
- Jaqueline Mucio defeated Alejandra Soto via SD
- Jose Guillermo Garcia defeated Rodolfo Mora via TKO
- Hector Colin defeated Evandro Cavalheiro via TKO
- Jose Alberto Ruiz Garcia defeated Ruben Tellez via TKO
- Omar Martinez Hernandez defeated Hector Landaverde via TKO
- Diego Flores defeated Alberto Monrroy via TKO
October 27: Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Barangay Centro, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
- Jhaleel Payao defeated Raul Yu to retain the Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Bantamweight Title via UD
- Jason Canoy defeated Renerio Arizala via UD
- Kenny Demecillo defeated Gerpaul Valero via UD
- Elias Joaquino defeated Jimboy Haya via SD
- Tomjune Mangubat defeated Crisanto Contemprato: KO, Round 1
- Contemprato down once in Round 1.
- Richard Bulacan defeated Rimon Rama via UD
- Jayar Aliasot defeated Ryan Bongcawil via UD
- Mark Vicelles defeated Rey Tagulaylay via UD
- Ponciano Remandiman defeated John Kenan Villaflor via UD
- Royder Lloyd Borbon defeated Jerson Bancil: TKO, Round 3
- Marjon Piencenaves defeated Johnrey Espinosa: TKO, Round 1
October 27: Mmabatho Convention Centre, Mmabatho, North-West, South Africa
- Moruti Mthalane defeated Ardin Diale to win the vacant IBF International Flyweight Title: TKO, Round 2
- Koos Sibiya defeated Crispin Moliati via PTS
- Ruth Chisale defeated Ndabayini Kholose: TKO, Round 6
- Michael Mokoena defeated Gift Bholo: TKO, Round 10
- Tisetso Modisadise defeated Onke Khanzi: TKO, Round 2
- Ronald Malindi defeated Lihlo Gingxana: TKO, Round 4
- Sabelo Ngebinyana defeated Sibusiso Twani: TKO, Round 6
- Lufefe Vikwa defeated Bafana Nophondo: TKO, Round 2
October 27: Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex, Seshego, Limpopo, South Africa
- Laszlo Toth defeated Tsiko Mulovhedzi to win the IBF Intercontinental Welterweight Title via UD
- Thompson Mokwana defeated Prince Dlomo to retain the South African Lightweight Title via MD
- Thembani Hobyani defeated Tshifhiwa Timer Munyai via SD
- Mapule Ngubane defeated Julie Tshabalala via PTS
- Khatiso Hlahane defeated Prince Ndlovu via PTS
- Khakhathi Raminchi defeated Norman Tshisikhawe via PTS
- Ketho Mudau defeated Tshigofatsho Mabudusha via PTS
October 27: Aula Steffisburg, Steffisburg, Switzerland
- Vahram Khudeda defeated Giorgi Gujejiani via UD
- Elbasan Kqiku defeated Zurab Uchaneishvili: TKO, Round 2
October 27: City Hall, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
- Evaldas Korsakas defeated Chris Jenkinson to retain the BBBofC Central Area Super Welterweight Title: TKO, Round 5
- Matthew Wigglesworth defeated Scott Hillman: TKO, Round 2
- Isaac Lowe defeated Chris Adaway via PTS
- Danny Little defeated Paul Cummings via PTS
- Ryan Gibbons defeated Anwar Alfadli via PTS
October 27: The Belvedere, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA
- Brian Howard defeated Shawndell Terell Winters: KO, Round 2
- Anthony Abbruzzese defeated Anthony Prescott via MD
- Dmytro Mytrofanov defeated Brandon Maddox: TKO, Round 4
- Tommy Hughes defeated Emmanuel Sanchez via SD
- Rustam Tulaganov defeated Robert Guerra via UD
- Osvaldo Vera defeated Ira Frank: TKO: Round 1
October 26: Gimnasio COCH, Santiago de Chile, Chile
- Martin Navarrete and Guillermo Dejeas fought to a majority draw
October 26: Karibe Convention Center, Petionville, Haiti
- Wilky Campfort defeated Jean Carlos Prada to retain the WBA Fedelatin Super Welterweight Title: TKO, Round 3
- Evens Pierre defeated Jesus Laguna to retain the WBA Fedelatin Lightweight Title: KO, Round 5
- Gilberto Pedroza defeated Saul Juarez to win the vacant WBA Fedecaribe Light Flyweight Title via SD
- Pablo Vicente defeated Pedro Verdu: RTD, Round 1
- Melissa St Vil defeated Diana Garcia: TKO, Round 5
- Roger Gutierrez defeated Brayner Vazquez: KO, Round 5
- Adrian Perez defeated Luis Fernando Pina: TKO, Round 6
October 26: Lighthouse, Flamingo Park, Welkom, Free State, South Africa
- Bukiwe Nonina defeated Matshidiso Mokebisi to retain the World Boxing Federation Female Bantamweight Title via MD
- Sihle Jelwana defeated Lebogang Pilane: KO, Round 3
- Doctor Ntsele defeated Cebo Ngema: TKO, Round 6
- Siyanda Tona defeated Motswaki Moselesele: TKO, Round 2
- Siphosethu Nxazonke defeated Tshepang Majola: TKO, Round 2
- Andile Cindi defeated Setjhaba Mohonoe via PTS
- Mokoena Nkopane defeated Thamsanqa Cele: KO, Round 2
October 26: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
- Fernando Garcia defeated Charles Clark: KO, Round 8
- Stephon McIntyre defeated Carlos Adame Jr.: KO, Round 1
- Lemarcus Tucker defeated Joshua Pierce: TKO, Round 2
- Greg Jackson defeated Phillip Lars via UD
- Shurretta Metcalf defeated Ashley Garza: TKO, Round 1
October 26: Farwest Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA
- Oscar Mojica defeated Justin Lopez via UD
- Marchristopher Adkins defeated Jadschi Green: TKO, Round 2
- Rafael Gaitan defeated Rynell Riley via UD
- Joel Ambriz defeated Kaylin Waites via UD
- Thomas Smith defeated Dwayne Bonds: TKO, Round 1
Fightful Boxing Rankings
- Terence Crawford
- Gennady Golovkin
- Canelo Alvarez
- Vasyl Lomachenko
- Mikey Garcia
- Keith Thurman
- Guillermo Rigondeaux
- Anthony Joshua
- Naoya Inoue
- Oleksandr Usyk
- Anthony Joshua
- Deontay Wilder
- Joseph Parker
- Luis Ortiz
- Dillian Whyte
- Kubrat Pulev
- Andy Ruiz Jr.
- Dominic Breazeale
- Charles Martin
- Jarrell Miller
- Oleksandr Usyk
- Murat Gassiev
- Krzysztof Glowacki
- Mairis Briedis
- Marco Huck
- Yunier Dorticos
- Firat Arslan
- Tony Bellew
- Denis Lebediev
- Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
- Sergey Kovalev
- Badou Jack
- Adonis Stevenson
- Oleksandr Gvozdyk
- Sullivan Barrera
- Artur Beterbiev
- Eleider Alvarez
- Juergen Braehmer
- Joe Smith Jr.
- Vyasheslav Sharanskyy
- James DeGale
- Gilberto Ramirez
- George Groves
- Anthony Dirrell
- Andre Dirrell
- Chris Eubank Jr.
- David Benavidez
- Jose Uzcategui
- Tyron Zeuge
- Callum Smith
- Gennady Golovkin
- Canelo Alvarez
- Daniel Jacobs
- Jermall Charlo
- David Lemieux
- Ryota Murata
- Billy Joe Saunders
- Andy Lee
- Sergiy Derevyanchenko
- Erislandy Lara
- Jermell Charlo
- Jarrett Hurd
- Miguel Cotto
- Demetrius Andrade
- Julian Williams
- Austin Trout
- Liam Smith
- Maciej Sulecky
- Erickson Lubin
- Keith Thurman
- Errol Spence Jr.
- Terence Crawford
- Danny Garcia
- Shawn Porter
- Manny Pacquiao
- Jeff Horn
- Kell Brook
- Jessie Vargas
- Lamont Peterson
The rest of the rankings are in the next page.
- Julius Indongo
- Viktor Postol
- Antonio Orozco
- Terry Flanagan
- Eduard Troyanovski
- Rances Barthelemy
- Sergey Lipinets
- Regis Prograis
- Rances Barthelemy
- Amir Imam
- Jorge Linares
- Mikey Garcia
- Robert Easter Jr.
- Anthony Crolla
- Luke Campbell
- Dejan Zlaticanin
- Raymundo Beltran
- Denis Shafikov
- Ricky Burns
- Richard Commey
- Vasyl Lomachenko
- Miguel Berchelt
- Francisco Vargas
- Jezreel Corrales
- Alberto Machado
- Orlando Salido
- Robinson Castellanos
- Jason Sosa
- Jhonny Gonzalez
- Masayuki Ito
- Leo Santa Cruz
- Gary Russell Jr.
- Abner Mares
- Lee Selby
- Oscar Valdez
- Carl Frampton
- Scott Quigg
- Jesus Cuellar
- Joseph Diaz
- Claudio Marrero
- Guillermo Rigondeaux
- Jessie Magdaleno
- Nonito Donaire
- Moises Flores
- Daniel Roman
- Hugo Ruiz
- Rey Vargas
- Marlon Tapales
- Julio Ceja
- Yukinori Oguni
- Jamie McDonnell
- Luis Nery
- Ryan Burnett
- Juan Carlos Payano
- Shinsuke Yamanaka
- Zolani Tete
- Lee Haskins
- Zhanat Zhakiyanov
- Takoma Inoue
- Liborio Solis
- Naoya Inoue
- Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
- Jerwin Ancajas
- Khalid Yafai
- Juan Francisco Estrada
- Carlos Cuadras
- Roman Gonzalez
- John Riel Casimero
- Rau'shee Warren
- Luis Concepcion
- Kazuto Ioka
- Donnie Nietes
- Daigo Higa
- Juan Carlos Reveco
- Sho Kimura
- Moruti Mthalane
- McWilliams Arroyo
- Francisco Rodriguez Jr.
- Zou Shiming
- Komgrich Nantapech
- Milan Melindo
- Kosei Tanaka
- Knockout CP Freshmart
- Jose Argumedo
- Ken Shiro
- Ryoichi Taguchi
- Tatsuya Fukuhara
- Hekkie Budler
- Pedro Guevara
- Wanheng Menayothin
Other News And Notes Around The World Of Boxing
Asia: Teiken Promotions officially confirmed that a fight deal between Tevin Farmer and Kenichi Ogawa had been complete and the bout is now set for December 9, as had long been speculated, and would be taking place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The fight will be for the vacant IBF junior lightweight title that was stripped off of Gervonta Davis after missing weight. The bout will be the co-main event for the card, which is headlined by a potential fight of the year contender, Orlando Salido vs. Miguel Roman. It will be the first world title bout for both Ogawa and Farmer, and will also mark Ogawa's first bout outside of Japan. Ogawa is the Japanese junior lightweight champion and has defended that title five times.
Japanese super flyweight champion Ryuichi Funai will make his second defense of the title, taking on recent OPBF title challenger Shota Kawaguchi, on December 11. That fight will main event a Korakuen Hall card, known as Dangan 203. The only other major fight on that card is Hiroyuki Kudaka would be facing Go Onaga on December 11 in a Japanese bantamweight title eliminator.
Former Japanese featherweight champion Shota Hayashi's next fight is a WBO International featherweight title challenge against champion Mark Magsayo. The fight will take place on November 25 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, and it will be Magsayo's third title defense.
The vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council super bantamweight title will be on the line when Glenn Porras faces Waldo Sabu on November 25. The fight will be held at the University of Mindanao Gymnasium, Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
On the undercard, Rosekie Cristobal will face Romeo Jakosalem for the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) super lightweight title. Michael Bravo will face Lyster Jun Pronco for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) light flyweight strap.
The incredibly entertaining fight between IBF junior lightweght champion Milan Melindo and Hekkie Budler will get a sequel. The IBF requested that both fighters engage in a rematch. Melindo knocked down Budler in the final round of their September 16 bout en route to a split decision win. In my opinion, this was the best fight of that day, better than the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight that took place later that evening, but the fight got exponentially less attention because of the division and the fact that it took place in the Philippines with no way to watch in most countries around the world.
Mexico: As a sort of quick reminder and clarification, Jhonny Gonzalez will be in action on November 4 against Irving Berry in Juarez, Mexico. Gonzalez will be defending his WBC Latino super featherweight title in that fight. Gonzalez had been ordered to fight Francisco Vargas in a WBC title eliminator, and it still will happen, provided Gonzalez defeats Irving. As previously mentioned, Berchelt the current WBC champion, will be taking on Orlando Salido in Las Vegas on December 9.
Rey Vargas, who is currently booked to fight on the Miguel Cotto retirement card on December 2, now has an opponent. Vargas will defend his WBC super bantamweight title against Oscar Negrete. That fight will be the co-main event of the card, headlined by Cotto's last pro fight against Sadam Ali and it will take place on HBO at Madison Square Garden.
The November 16 “Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN” card was originally supposed to take place in Puerto Rico, but due to the devastation on the island created by hurricanes Maria and Irma, the card was moved to Cancun, Mexico. The main event of the fight is Jose Martinez vs. Jesus Martinez. The card will air live on ESPN Deportes beginning at 9 p.m. ET with same-day taped coverage on ESPN2 beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET. There will also be a live stream of the full card beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The card will also include appearances by two of Golden Boy's top prospects against opponents to be determined in scheduled eight-round bouts. Welterweight Alexis Rocha will fight in the co-feature, and Vergil Ortiz Jr. will open the telecast.
WBC bantamweight champion Luis Nery failed a drug test after testing positive for the banned substance Zilpatero. The test came after Nery defeated former world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka back in August. Nery has been under investigation by the WBC and the governing body has concluded that there is not enough to support the case that Nery intentionally took the banned substance and that he will not be stripped of the WBC title. The organization did announce that Nery must fight Yamanaka in a title rematch, but that fight does not have a date or venue.
Below is the full ruling by the WBC:
The present WBC Board of Governor's ruling is based on the facts as known to the WBC at the time of the ruling and on any extenuating circumstances as set forth above.
Based on the Findings in Mr. Nery’s “A” July 27, 2017, sample, and taking into account all factors set forth above, including any extenuating circumstances, the WBC has ruled as follows:
1. Based on the evidence the WBC examined concerning this matter, the WBC cannot make a determination with sufficient certainty as to whether Mr. Nery's adverse finding was the result of intentional ingestion of a banned substance to improve performance. All information and facts lead to conclude that the adverse finding was due to consumption of contaminated food products;
2. The WBC hereby orders an immediate rematch between Mr. Nery and Shinsuke Yamanaka which details shall be governed by the immediate rematch provisions of the WBC Rules & Regulations;
3. Mr. Nery shall be subjected to a strict dietary regime supervised by Dr., Philip Goglia, Chairman of the WBC Nutrition Committee, at Mr. Nery`s sole cost and expense;
4. VADA, pursuant to the WBC CBP, shall design a specific random testing protocol for Mr. Nery at his own cost and expense. The VADA-designed protocol shall commence as soon as feasible after this ruling and shall continue for six-months thereafter, or up to the date of the Immediate Rematch, whichever time is longer; and
5. While the WBC continues to investigate the effect of contaminated beef products in tests' results obtained pursuant to the WBC CBP, the WBC will make a formal request to WADA and VADA to establish specific measures and protocols to address Clembuterol and Zilpaterol.
Having not known what his fate as the world champion would be, Nery booked a fight a few weeks ago in Mexico against Arthur Villanueva on November 4. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds, but it will be a non-title fight, meaning Yamanaka will fight Nery for the title.
United Kingdom: As previously reported, new WBA Female lightweight world champion Katie Taylor will defend her title for the first time on December 15. A venue has not been determined, but the fight will most likely take place in the United Kingdom. The fight will be shown on Sky Sports and the aim is to further build Taylor up for a potential unification fight in Ireland, Taylor’s home country, in 2018.
British boxing great Lennox Lewis had some choice words to say regarding Anthony Joshua's win over Carlos Takam. Lewis was recently interviewed and said the stoppage came in way too early. He did compliment Joshua's performance and ability to win despite Joshua clearly not showing his best stuff against Takam on October 28.
“Early stoppage,” Lewis said. “There’s always something these days. Would have been nice just to let it play out one way or another. Takam still looked strong and with his senses! Very good test for AJ though … especially with the broken nose. This was just the type of fight, experience and adversity that Anthony Joshua needed. He wasn’t at his best, but sometimes you won’t always be and it’s those times you have to find a way. Some fall apart after a broken nose. He remained composed and controlled fight.”
Commonwealth and BBBofC super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding will get a big fight in December. He’ll be facing Erik Skoglund for the vacant WBC Silver super middleweight title at the O2 Arena on December 17. The O2 Arena card is headlined by the rematch of Tony Bellew vs. David Haye. Skoglund recently competed in the World Boxing Super Series, losing a very competitive fight against Callum Smith. The winner of the fight could put themselves in a position to eventually challenge for the WBC world title, currently held by David Benavidez.
United States: Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing, the promotional entity under his Real Deal Sports and Entertainment, recently announced that there will be boxing card in Providence, Rhode Island, on December 1. The card will be headlined by once-beaten welterweight Toka Kahn Clary in a 10-round fight and the CBS Sports Network will broadcast the card.
Premier Boxing Champions is set to have four televised boxing events for the month of November. The first event will be the November 4 fight between Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne and it will be broadcasted on Showtime. November 17 will feature a super middleweight fight between Anthony Dirrel and Denis Douglin and that fight will be shown on FS1. The following day features a super welterweight battle featuring Ishe Smith vs. Julian Williams and it will be the main event of a PBC on Bounce card. Finally, former world champion Devon Alexander will battle Walter Castillo in a welterweight clash on November 21. FS1 will also televise Alexander vs. Castillo live from Florida.
World Boxing Super Series First Round Review
The first round matches of both World Boxing Super Series tournaments have concluded. Both the cruiserweight and super middleweight tournaments featured no upsets, with all eight ranked boxers advancing to the next round.
While the conventional sense in sports, at least in the United States, is that in these types of tournaments, upsets are a good thing because of the unpredictable variables it creates for the rest of the tournament. Events such as college basketball’s March Madness, where part of the excitement comes from the underdog advancing in the tournament, create parity and intrigue that people will gravitate to.
In this particular instance, the WBSS having all eight ranked boxers advance is the best scenario because boxing thrives at its best when the top boxers fight each other. As a result, the semifinal matches become top global attractions before the finals are even set. George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr. in the super middleweight semifinals is arguably the biggest non-heavyweight British boxing match of 2018.
Murat Gassiev vs. Yunier Dorticos in the cruiserweight semifinals will be one of the best fights featuring knockout artists and power punchers. That fight doesn’t even have the No. 1 seed of the tournament, Oleksandr Usyk.
The tournament so far has been a hit for the global audience, presenting fans of the sport with new faces and world champions, helping grow the sport. From an American standpoint, the tournament somewhat missed the mark with fans, but the fights has been largely entertaining and provided plenty of highlight reels.
The World Boxing Super Series’ presentation was unique, yet excellent in its execution. Sitting ringside for the fight, a circle of vertical lights enclosed the ring like a cage. The fighters competing in the tournament would have their traditional ring walks, but before they entered the ring, they would stand on a pedestal for the spectators to see.
It was very gladiatorial in that sense and it made the fight feel more special than it has to be.
Having witnessed the fight and experienced the atmosphere, I realized one thing: boxing no longer relies on the American market to succeed. In the 21st century, the United States is no longer the be-all and end all for combat sports exposure.
It’s obvious that boxing’s popularity in the United States has slightly decreased, but the global popularity of boxing has actually increased within the past decade, according to Google Trends. With the advent of social media and the ever-growing internet, boxing can no longer be measured in success just by how well one does in the United States. The same can be said about other sports such as MMA and professional wrestling.
Like with MMA and pro wrestling, there are far more options to watch outside of the United States and the World Boxing Super Series is the epitome of that statement. Even though most of the fights in the tournament take place outside of the United States, the ability to watch these fights anywhere shows the sport’s global popularity.
That is the point of this tournament: to not only showcase the best boxers in the world, but to also prove how big the sport is no matter where fights take place.
Below are the results of the first round matches and what the semifinal matches look like:
Super Middleweight Quarterfinals:
- George Groves defeated Jamie Cox
- Chris Eubank Jr. defeated Avni Yildirim
- Callum Smith defeated Eric Skoglund
- Juergen Braehmer defeated Rob Brant
Super Middleweight Semifinals:
- George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr.
- Callum Smith vs. Juergen Braehmer
- Oleksandr Usyk defeated Marco Huck
- Mairis Briedis defeated Mike Perez
- Murat Gassiev defeated Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
- Yunier Dorticos defeated Dmitry Kudryashov
- Oleksandr Usyk vs. Mairis Briedis
- Murat Gassiev vs. Yunier Dorticos
No dates or venues are set for the semifinals, but they are expected to take place in January and the finals in May. The WBSS’ cruiserweight finals was announced to take place in Saudi Arabia.